Obsidian iOS app not communicating with macOS desktop app

macOS 12.7.1
Obsidian v1.5.3, Installer v1.5.3

iPhone 11, iOS 17.1.2
Obsidian v1.4.16 (114), API v1.4.16

iCloud Drive

What I’m trying to do

Use the Obsidian app on both my iPhone and my desktop, with all changes being synced between the two devices (as they always have been until today)

All of a sudden, my Obsidian iOS app and Obsidian macOS desktop app appear to be operating entirely independently of each other. Last night, I was using both apps to edit notes, and my changes were being successfully synced from one device to the other, and vice versa. This morning and during the day, I made edits to my notes on my phone, and didn’t check Obsidian on my desktop until tonight. The changes I made today on my phone are not showing up on the desktop app; not only that, I changed the Obsidian theme on my phone this morning, but the theme has not updated on desktop. When I change the theme on either device now, the other device’s theme does not update.

Everything was working as expected until today. I haven’t done anything differently today as opposed to any other day, in the way that I use Obsidian on the two devices. I’m really not sure where to start with this. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Things I have tried

  • quit and reopened the apps on both devices
  • checked that apps are up-to-date
  • updated the macOS installer version to the latest version, to match the app version

First, backup both vaults (on iOS, copy the folder to another location in Files).

I would try restarting one or both devices and/or turning iCloud permission for the app off and on again (start with whichever feels less annoying).

Settings changes pulled in from outside of Obsidian (for example, by iCloud) don’t take effect until the app restarts. (It sounds like you may already know this, but just in case.)

Thank you for your reply. As it turns out, I made this post in haste, out of the desperation of Obsidian not syncing, before adequately investigating the issue on my own. In the end, it was an easy fix: it seems that iCloud Drive was getting stuck because macOS was not up to date, and updating the OS to the latest version fixed the issue.

Hopefully, at least, this post could be useful to someone with the same issue if they come across it.

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